Heineken "Open Your World" Ad Analysis

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Heineken - Open Your World
2011
Nadine Garrison (10015730)
MKTG 435 Advertising Critique
11/21/2011

INTRODUCTION

The year is 1864. When 22 year old Gerard Adriaan Heineken acquired a small, local brewery in the heart of Amsterdam, it is doubtful that he would have imagined his modest company growing and expanding well into the 21st century. Despite its extensive history, Heineken claims to continue to use the original recipe formulated almost 150 years ago. Presently, Heineken International boasts a portfolio of 170 beer brands, 119 breweries in 65 different countries, and is ranked the third largest brewery in the world (JAZD, 2008). The brewery Gerard Heineken acquired so many years ago is now preserved in an interactive museum experience. Since the first television advertisements in 1968, the company has launched numerous controversial but successful ad campaigns. In fact, the founder's grandson "Freddy" Heineken received the "Advertiser of the Century" award in the Netherlands in 1999. In 2008, the first global responsible drinking campaign began (Heineken, 2010). The company commenced its participation in charitable causes as well as continuing the humorous campaigns Heineken has become known for. Here, the latest campaign entitled "Open Your World" will be examined and critiqued.

OPEN YOUR WORLD

This enticing tagline and campaign was first launched during the final months of 2010, moving away from the previous "Meet You There". The tagline was alluring enough to stand on its own in print media. Billboards, posters, and electronic posters were featured in high impact locations such as the New Delhi airport, following its recent launch in India by United Breweries Ltd (network2media Bureau, 2011). However, Wieden & Kennedy, the agency responsible for the new creative to align with the shift in Heineken's positioning, had more grandiose plans. Instead of relying on television spots to allow the animated campaign to gain popularity, a



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